Published 08 Sep 2016
With the New South Wales government investing $2 million into a new program, ex-police officers will be able to use funds to compliment their superannuation claims. However, it's important to seek superannuation dispute lawyers first, to ensure you're eligible to make a claim.
Police receive the support they deserve
Emergency service personnel are an important element in Australian society. When the worst happens, it is they who the public looks to for support, guidance and help.
So news that the New South Wales government will be investing $2 million into a program that will support ex police officers and their families will be warmly welcomed. The initiative, called BACKUP for Life, connects injured officers and their families with support services that focuses on the aftermath of trauma.
NSW Minister for Police Troy Grant pointed out that former officers tend to carry with them both physical and psychological injuries stemming from what they see, do and experience while on the job.
"Having spent most of my career as a serving officer, I know all too well that police are often expected to be the pillars of strength in situations when those around them are in their darkest hours," he said. We cannot underestimate how significant a burden this is and how adversely an officer's wellbeing can be affected."
BACKUP for Life should provide the necessary support to help former police officers segue back into civilian life.
A range of options
Alongside programs such as these, former police officers who have been hurt, injured or sustained an illness can seek payments from their superannuation. While many people are unaware of this, there are in fact a number of options available.
From critical illness claims to total or permanent disability payments, there is a range of options available for former emergency staff. The funds received through a settlement, lump sum payment or weekly benefits can go along way to supporting your readjustment to civilian life.
Due to the complexity of superannuation for police officers, it is important to seek the expertise of a superannuation dispute lawyer. They can help ensure you understand the process every step of the way.
If you would like to know more about superannuation claims, talk to a representative of Gerard Malouf and Partners today.